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Theological Studies in the Time of a Pandemic

by David M. May, Ph.D. Landreneau Guillory Chair of Biblical Studies Central Baptist Theological Seminary Living in this unprecedent time of the Pandemic of 2020, multiple existential questions arise—from the deep and thoughtful question, “Will I risk my life in serving others who are infected with COVID-19,” or the simple and quotidian question, “Where can I...
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A New Way of Being Church

A Reflection from Central Alum and Pastor of Blue Valley Christian Church, Rev. Lois Kelley At Blue Valley Christian Church (BVCC) we like to say, "we are so far outside the box that we can't see the box and don't want to see the box." About six years ago, BVCC decided to sell its building....
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Reflections on the Politics of Contempt

“Super” Tuesday during Lent - March 3, 2020 By John Jones IV, Ph.D. 21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be...
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One Church's Response to Joining God in Saving the Earth

  Several members of Englewood Baptist Church in Gladstone, Missouri, participated in Joining God in Saving the Earth: Mobilizing for Action on the Climate Crisis at Central in October as their churchwide retreat. The congregation was in the middle of a worship series, Celebrating God’s World, based on the book Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible,...
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Lessons in Following Jesus from Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Love Your Enemies" (Part 2)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. also helps us understand what Jesus meant when he told us to love our enemies.  Almost inevitably, efforts towards justice will be resisted by those who are at risk of losing their greater privileges, and sometimes this resistance will be vigorous and even venomous.  We see this in reading the...
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Lessons in Following Jesus from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: "Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me" (Part 1)

As we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week, I am reminded of the profound influence his life and teachings have had on my thinking, faith, and understanding of what it means to live as a Christian. It was while I was in high school that I became deeply aware of...
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Blessed are the Peacemakers

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence    It was still Christmastide - a season for celebrating the birth of Christ.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we had heard words from the prophet Isaiah declaring that God's anointed one would be the "Prince of Peace" (Is. 9:6) and...
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4000 Volunteer Hours Later: My Reflection on Leading Stitching Change

by Rakmi Shaiza Not long ago, I heard a live interview broadcast on NPR about a four-year-old grandson saying goodbye to his grandfather because his family was no longer safe to stay in the Syrian border region. With so much love, anguish, hurt and emotion, the grandson asked his grandpa, "Why are you not coming...
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Earth’s Caretakers

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence National Geographic regularly shows up in my newsfeed, and I find much that is intriguing.  I love learning about our earth’s creatures.  Did you know that mother whales whisper to their young to keep them close and safe?  And I’m amazed at the...
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A Time to Speak about the Climate Crisis

By Ruth Rosell, Director of the Buttry Center for Peace and Nonviolence   Most weekends I am able to escape the hustle and bustle of Kansas City and retreat to our place in the country.  As I now sit on the deck, overlooking green trees and sparkling water, I hear the morning birdsong and breathe...
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